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Legislation Would Give Schools More Authority To Suspend Students

Last updated on Friday, January 20, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - State Representative Eric Koch has introduced legislation that would give local schools more authority to suspend or expel students whose off-campus activity endangers other students or disrupts the learning environment.

Restoring School Discipline Act, proposed by Koch, removes a requirement in Indiana law that an action by a student on or off school grounds must be "unlawful" in order for a student to be suspended or expelled if the activity may reasonably be considered to be an interference with school purposes or an educational function; or the student's removal is necessary to restore order or protect everyone on school property.

"All students deserve a safe and conductive learning environment," Koch said. "In limiting grounds for suspension and expulsion to only 'unlawful' conduct, current law ties the hands of school officials to effectively deal with dangerous and disruptive behavior, including cyber bullying."

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